I love the 4th of July! It’s all about celebrating freedom and brings people together in amazing ways. When I was a child, this holiday meant that my siblings and I would spend the day exploding firecrackers. Mom and Dad would give each of us a bowl of Black Cats, along with a warning to be careful, and send us on our way. We blew up cricket holes, ant dens, leaves, piles of grass, and whatever else we could find in our yard. Miraculously, no one was ever seriously injured, we never set anything on fire, and our neighbors were tolerant!
Have you ever lain awake at night, worried about something that might happen the next day or the next week? Have you ever been exhausted from worry, unable to fully control a situation? Worry is an all too common phenomena that causes fear, loss of productivity, and exhaustion, among other things.
This past year has been a challenging one. It began with a detached retina followed by surgery. In August I lost my dear, sweet father.
Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
your judgments are like the great deep;
you save humans and animals alike, O Lord.
How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house,
and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.
Bruce Bochy was the skipper of the San Francisco Giants for the 2012 Major League Season. Like all baseball seasons, it was a long season. The Giants played 162 regular season games that year. They played an additional 16 games in the post season. (178 total) They traveled from coast to coast on multiple occasions. It was a grueling schedule that took its toll on the team. By October, the team was tired from the long and difficult season. Thankfully they did not run out gas before they made it to the World Series that year. Bruce Bochy’s club swept the Detroit Tigers in four games to win their second world series in three years.
My husband Taylor and I were married a few years ago, and for our honeymoon we took an amazing trip to Hawaii. A few months prior, Taylor had won first-class airline tickets in a charity raffle at his office, so we were so excited to get to use these for our special trip. After spending several days basking in the sun, eating incredible seafood and enjoying our time free from responsibilities, it was time to head home.
In the Gospel of John, Jesus describes himself in many wonderful ways. Often, Jesus uses imagery that the people of his day would easily understand. One of the images that Jesus uses is that of the shepherd. Shepherds were well known in Israel. They were the caretakers of important livestock.
It is sadly ironic that one of the most famous calls in baseball history marked the worst moment in one man’s life. It was Game 6 of the 1986 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and New York Mets. The Red Sox hadn’t won the World Series since 1918. They were up 3 games to 2 in the series.
My work in ministry began in youth ministry. It is amazing and challenging ministry that I deeply enjoyed. One part of that ministry that I loved was the many trips our group took together. Camps, retreats, and mission trips were just a small part of the adventures we often embarked upon.
I appeal to you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, […]